New Year’s Eve: Mon, 31 Dec – Ephesians 5:15-20 ~ Wise up!

New Year’s Eve

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
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Morning Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20 (NLT)

Be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Morning Prayer

Heavenly Father: We bless your holy name as we end one year and begin another. Give us the wisdom we need to make the most of the time allotted us. May our lives be music to your ears, lived in joy and gratitude in every circumstance, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“10,000 Reasons Live in Times Square” – Matt Redman

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Blessing – Titus 2:11-13 (NLT)

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Evening Prayer, Tuesday, New Year’s Eve: 1 Kings 9:4-7; Psalm 138:8; 2 Corinthians 10:5 ~ that Your faithfulness be known

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Remember us, O God; from age to age be our comforter. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever.

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Evening readings

1 Kings 9:4-7 NLT:

“As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations, then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: ‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’

“But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods, then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations….

Psalm 138:8 NLT:

The Lord will work out his plans for my life — for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT:

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Reflection/Prayer:

We pray for God’s faithfulness to be known in our world.

+ In a world of change and hope, of fear and adventure, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ In human rebellion and obedience, in our seeking and our finding, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ In the common life of our society, in prosperity and need, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ As your Church proclaims your goodness in words and action, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ Among our friends and in our homes, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ In our times of joy, in our days of sorrow, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ In our strengths and triumphs, in our weakness and at our death, faithful God
glorify your name.
+ In your saints in glory and on the day of Christ’s coming, faithful God
glorify your name.

Canticle

In the shadow of Your wings I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

The Lord is my light, my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

In the shadow of Your wings I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

One thing I ask of the Lord, one thing I seek; to dwell in the presence of my God, to gaze on Your holy place.

In the shadow of Your wings I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. O wait for the Lord! Have courage and wait, wait for the Lord.

In the shadow of Your wings I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

Blessing

See that ye be at peace among yourselves, my children, and love one another. Follow the example of good men of old and God will comfort you and help you, both in this world and in the world which is to come.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Peanut Gallery: The Evening Prayer readings are from the USCCB Daily Readings and the format from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com. The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you.